Do I have an eating disorder?
We receive many calls at Magnolia Creek asking whether the caller or someone they care about might have an eating disorder. Many times we hear people say that they are fearful of going to a doctor. Sometimes there is shame about eating disorder behaviors. Although we cannot diagnose whether someone has an eating disorder without a full professional evaluation, the following questions might be helpful for self exploration. If you have further questions, we encourage you to call us. We can assist by providing referrals to outpatient clinicians as well as discuss treatment options if it is warranted. Please also be gentle with yourself and remember that these questions are not a replacement for a full professional evaluation.
Although we can not diagnose without spending time with the person, the following questions might help assist:
Eating Disorder Self Questions
Have you ever been concerned about your eating or weight?
Has anyone ever told you that they were concerned about your eating or weight?
Do you find yourself eating or restricting to cope?
Do you spend time on websites that advocate eating disordered behaviors?
Do you use drugs or medications of any kind to manage your weight?
Have your relationships been strained because of your eating or body image?
Do you hide food or eat in isolation or in secret from others?
Does your eating or weight make you feel depressed or anxious?
Do you believe that others would not want to be with you if you remained your medically ideal weight?
Do you believe that you need help?
If you responded “yes” to any of these questions or have concerns about your weight or eating, call Magnolia Creek at 866-318-2329 for further information. We can speak with you about your concerns and offer support.